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12/19/2015 02:46 pm ET

Miss Spain Crowned Miss World 2015 (PHOTOS)

Congratulations, Mireia Lalaguna Royo!

A 23-year-old student from Barcelona has been crowned Miss World 2015.

Mireia Lalaguna Royo, 23, received the crown Saturday night in Sanya, China, marking the first time Spain has won in the 65 years the competition has been running, The Associated Press reports. 

Lalaguna has a pharmacology degree and is planning to get a master’s degree in nutrition.

Russia’s Sofia Nikitchuk was the runner-up, and Indonesia's Maria Harfanti came in third.

This year’s Miss World competition ignited controversy after China barred Canadian contestant Anastasia Lin from entering the country. Lin believes the reason is because she’s been publicly critical of Chinese human rights abuses in the past and because she practices Falun Gong, a spiritual practice persecuted in China.

  • Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain is crowned by former Miss World Rolene Strauss after winning the new title at the Miss World Gr
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    Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain is crowned by former Miss World Rolene Strauss after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, standing next to Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk (L) and Miss Indonesia, Maria Harfanti (R) in southern China's Hainan province on Dec. 19, 2015. Contestants from over 110 countries competed in the final of the 65th Miss World Competition.
  • Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain reacts after winning the new title at the Miss World at the Grand Final in Sanya, in southern C
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    Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain reacts after winning the new title at the Miss World at the Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Former Miss World, Rolene Strauss (L), and Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk, hug during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya in so
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    Former Miss World, Rolene Strauss (L), and Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk, hug during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya in southern China's Hainan province on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Valerie About Chacra, Miss Lebanon, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern
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    Valerie About Chacra, Miss Lebanon, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Lu Yuan, Miss China, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan
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    Lu Yuan, Miss China, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, on Dec.19, 2015.
  • Margot Hanekamp, Miss Netherlands, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern C
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    Margot Hanekamp, Miss Netherlands, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Sofia Nikitchuk, Miss Russia, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China'
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    Sofia Nikitchuk, Miss Russia, reacts after entering the semi final at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's H
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    Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • The New Miss World, Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain, reacts during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, China, on Dec. 19, 2015
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    The New Miss World, Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain, reacts during the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, China, on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Contestants at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, on Dec. 19, 2015.
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    Contestants at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, in southern China's Hainan province, on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World at the Grand Final in Sanya, China,&nb
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    Mireia Lalaguna Rozo of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World at the Grand Final in Sanya, China, on Dec. 19, 2015.
  • Mireia Lalaguna Rozo (C) of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, China, next to Mi
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    Mireia Lalaguna Rozo (C) of Spain waves after winning the new title at the Miss World Grand Final in Sanya, China, next to Miss Russia, Sofia Nikitchuk (L), and Miss Indonesia, Maria Harfanti (R), on Dec. 19, 2015.

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